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September 27, 2013
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) invites farmers, pesticide dealers, pest control firms, certified applicators, homeowners and golf course operators to participate in the 2013 pesticide disposal program. The program collects unwanted, outdated or banned pesticides and disposes of them in a safe manner. VDACS, through its Office of Pesticide Services (OPS), provides this service at no cost to participants in the designated localities. The program is funded through pesticide product registration fees collected by OPS.

Since its inception, Virginia’s Pesticide Disposal Program has collected and destroyed more than 1.1 million pounds of outdated and unwanted pesticides, completely eliminating the environmental threat they could have posed. 

This year, the disposal program is taking place in Southwest Virginia. Week one of the program concluded Thursday, September 26. Week two begins Monday, October 7. A list of dates and places follows.

Participants must transport their unwanted pesticides to central collection sites located within the service area. If participants cannot safely containerize the unwanted pesticides for transport, the disposal contractor will make arrangements to do that for them. Only unwanted pesticides will be accepted. Pesticide contaminated material (for example, pesticide contaminated fertilizer) will not be accepted as part of the disposal program. In addition, the program does NOT accept motor oil, paint, fuel, fertilizer or other chemicals.

Participants should complete a pesticide disposal registration form ahead of time and return the completed form to VDACS, PO Box 1163, Richmond Virginia 23218 prior to the collection event. The form is available at: or by contacting the Pesticide Disposal Program at 804.786.3798. Participants should direct questions to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension agent (a list of offices is available at ) or Jeffrey Rogers at VDACS:, 804.371.6561, or they may write to Jeffrey Rogers, Office of Pesticide Services, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218.

All locations are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the city of Norton:
Monday, October 7
Lee Co. Transfer Station
            720 Bus Shop Road
            Jonesville, VA 24263

For Smyth and Washington Counties and the city of Bristol:
Tuesday, October 8
Super Grow of Virginia
            701 Lee Highway
            Chilhowie, VA 24319

For Carroll and Grayson Counties and the city of Galax:
Wednesday, October 9
VFW Post 115
            701 West Stuart Drive
            Hillsville, VA 24343

For Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski Counties and the city of Radford:
Thursday, October 10
Southern States
            885 Roanoke Street
            Christiansburg, VA 24073

For Alleghany and Craig Counties and the cities of Covington and Clifton Forge:
Friday, October 11
Casey Field
            700 West Oak Street
            Covington, VA 24426

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